1 Reply Latest reply: May 22, 2009 6:58 AM by Barry Hemphill
Daniel Walters Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
I'm having a few problems with my dashboard.

When getting my new iMac, I decided that for the three times I probably used Dashboard on my PowerBook, it wasn't worth having open, running all the time. So I think I used an application or terminal method as follows to turn it off. (Thus saving me resources)

defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES

I now wish to use an internet radio widget, allowing playback of music whilst I continue with my work.
Opening Dashboard presents no problems, I can listen to the internet radio.

When I leave dashboard, obviously I would like all the widgets selected still running in the background - Unfortunately (this is on all accounts on my iMac) whenever I leave dashboard and go into another application, it closes it, along with my internet radio stream.

From the same resource (http://face.centosprime.com/macosxw/disable-dashboard/)
I found the "opposite", enabling command for terminal;

defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean NO
killall Dock

However, this is proving unsuccessful.

I was pretty sure that just like the FinderGuy, Dashboard always has an "Open Indicator" at the bottom of in on the dock - Which mine doesn't. So I looked onto Apple.com to see an image of the dock;

Which clearly shows it without the Activity indicator.

If anyone could help me, it would be most appreciated.


iMac 2.4GHz 2GB RAM, 2 x Black MacBook's (1 with 2GB RAM, 1 with 4GB RAM), Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Barry Hemphill Level 8 Level 8 (37,065 points)
    Hello Daniel:

    From what you describe, the Dashboard application is functioning as it is designed. Dashboard refreshes widgets when it is activated.

    As an aside, I recommend you not try to "save resources" by doing things like this:

    I used an application or terminal method as follows to turn it off. (Thus saving me resources)

    The resources you may have saved (probably none) are trivial. With a new Mac (you indicate you have one) the internal speeds are far beyond what most people would every utilize. Tinkering with system software will cause problems - at some time in the future.